About Trail Guides Yellowstone
About Trail Guides Yellowstone

Connecting People and Wilderness
Yellowstone is a unique place. It has a magical quality that draws you in and exposes you to the raw power and beauty of nature. The park itself is located in the heart of what is referred to as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, an area that stretches across three states; Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and covers approximately 28-34,000 square miles. It's a backpackers paradise with more than 1,000 miles of hiking trails that meander through some of the most pristine wilderness in the contiguous United States. The featured hikes on our website represent some of the best of what Yellowstone has to offer and we hope the images and information you find here will provide the inspiration needed to plan your own adventures in the backcountry of this incredible wonderland. A place where wild animals still roam free and nature is left untouched for all to enjoy.

If you need help planning the perfect trip, our guided day hikes and backpacking tours are geared toward every skill level and interest. The idea is to have fun, enjoy the scenery and learn a little about Yellowstone's incredible history. There are plenty of stories to be told and plenty of stories yet to be written during your visit to Yellowstone.

Brian Farrell, Trail Guides Yellowstone
Brian Farrell, Owner/Guide
After moving to Bozeman in 2002, hiking and backpacking in Yellowstone National Park became a regular part of my life. Every time I set foot in the the Park I come away with a greater appreciation for the beauty and diversity that exists in this incredibly unique ecosystem. This is a very special place that I've come to know and love over the past 15 years and it's something I enjoy sharing with others.

Raised in upstate New York I was lucky enough to have spent my youth hiking, fishing and climbing in the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Over the last 20 years I've had the pleasure of traveling and exploring the canyon regions of southern Utah and the many national forests and wilderness areas that surround my home in Bozeman, Montana. The Trail Guides website reflects the many wonderful experiences I've had in Yellowstone—a place where I can honestly say I feel right at home.

Yellowstone Favorites
Short day hikes: Mount Washburn, Storm Point, Purple Mountain
Long day hikes: Pelican Cone, Fawn Pass - West Side, Pebble Creek
Multi-day backpacking trips: The Thorofare, Pelican Valley and the Lamar River Trails

Emily Askey - Guide/Naturalist
Emily grew up skiing, biking and bagging 14ers in the mountains of Colorado. After moving to Bozeman (and graduating from Bridger Bowl University), she completed a field course to learn more about the geology, ecology and preservation efforts of Montana. In the summer of 2014, she finished a solo thru-hike of the Colorado Trail and dreams of those long days on the trail.

If she had to choose one favorite area of Yellowstone NP, it would be the trails near Mammoth Hot Springs...because there’s no better way to end the day than a nice, relaxing soak in the Boiling River!

In her down time, Emily enjoys researching new ski lines, eating french fries, and finding new ways to shed an ounce of weight from her pack.
Ross Addiego
Ross Addiego, Guide/Photographer
Ross has experienced the world through a viewfinder in one form or another from a very early age. He's as comfortable with his grandfather's eclectic collection of cameras (the Minox “spy camera” was a favorite) to the large format studio cameras, and the first consumer digitals that appeared at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.

While at the Brooks Institute, Ross worked part-time for the "Head of Facilities" at Pacific Iron Works, Patagonia’s headquarters in Ventura, California. While there he helped in the construction of a raptor hospital at the Iron Works location. He was given the privilege of documenting the first few raptors that were rehabilitated and released by the new facility. He was also invited to document the tree planting programs carried out by Patagonia in conjunction with the National Forest Service.

After graduating from the Brooks Institute, Ross was involved in testing and evaluating the first medium format digital capture devices that eventually made their way onto the Los Angeles photo scene. His time in Southern California gave him the opportunity to work side by side with some of the most talented and skilled visual storytellers in both photography and filmmaking for the better part of 20 years.

Whether he's watching the sunrise here in the Lamar Valley, or he's watching it set at the end of a 200 mile overlanding day in the deserts of the American southwest, his love for the outdoors and his desire to share his knowledge with others has carried him to Montana for a more fulfilling lifestyle.

His favorite place to hike and photograph is the Lamar Valley. "Just a few short miles from the trailhead and you can’t believe your inside a national park in the U.S. The valley is often referred to as the American Serengeti and when you set foot in this landscape it's easy to understand why." A not too distant second would be Bighorn Peak, a lofty summit located along the Sky Rim Trail in the northwest corner of Yellowstone. The views are so inspiring from the top! It makes every step that much more rewarding.


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